Historical landmarks and tried-and-true tours have their place in any travel experience. But if you want to see what the locals in Edinburgh are digging right now, check out the latest things to do. Get plugged into the contemporary pulse of Edinburgh and see why it's as much a lure for its present as its past.
Generally accepted as Scotland's best gallery for contemporary art, the Fruitmarket Gallery aims to make contemporary art accessible, without compromising art or under-estimating audiences. The Gallery presents world-class, thought-provoking and challenging art made by both Scottish and international artists in an environment that is welcoming, engaging, informative and always free.
From fashionista's favourite Harvey Nichols in St. Andrew Square and designer shops such as Cruise and Phase Eight, to star studded jewellers such as Hamilton & Inches and Laings, George Street has it all going on. And when day turns to night, the street comes alive with well-groomed partygoers who flock to the area's many stylish bars.
The Edinburgh Mela Festival is a multi-art celebration of the city's cultural diversity. It features spectacular outdoor performances involving dance, theater, circus acts and more.
An amazing Gaelic, neo-pagan fertility festival...
A Charming waterfront locale, home to the Ocean Terminal shopping mall and the Royal Yacht Britannia... read more
Old St. Paul's Hall, Jeffrey Street
Learn how to swing dance with Zoot Swing - a great time guaranteed for all... read more
4B Gayfield Place
(Royal Mile) St. Giles Cathedral
180 High Street
The world's largest and most popular performance/art festival, which runs from August 6-30th... read more
5 Charlotte Square
A great choice for all us nerdy book worms out there, the festival offers more than 700 workshops, panel discussions, and talks and performances with acclaimed authors from around the world... read more
The Hub/348-350 Castlehill
The original Edinburgh festival that really marks the start of summer festival season. A must do event - experience the best the world has to offer in opera, theater, dance and music... read more
The Edinburgh Mela Festival is a multi-art celebration of the city's cultural diversity. Started in 1995, the festival features spectacular outdoor performances involving dance, theater, circus acts and more... read more